August 14th, 2009
06:22 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin warns of 'disturbing' health care rationing

Sarah Palin is keeping up her full court press against President Obama's health care plan.
Sarah Palin is keeping up her full court press against President Obama's health care plan.

(CNN) – Sarah Palin is keeping up her full court press against President Obama's health care plan, penning yet another Facebook message that accuses the administration of misleading the public about its true goals.

In a lengthy, annotated post, the former Alaska governor claims victory for the Senate Finance Committee's decision to remove a provision creating end-of-life consultations from its draft legislation. Palin wrote last week that such a measure would establish "death panels" to evaluate elderly and infirm members of society - a claim that has been repeatedly debunked and even criticized by fellow Republicans.

"It's gratifying that the voice of the people is getting through to Congress," Palin wrote late Thursday. "However, that provision was not the only disturbing detail in this legislation; it was just one of the more obvious ones."

She writes that the plan making its way through Congress will "inevitably" lead to health care rationing. Pointing to an essay co-written earlier this year by White House health care adviser Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel - the brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel - Palin claims the president wants to enact a rationing system that would "refuse to allocate medical resources to the elderly, the infirm, and the disabled who have less economic potential."


Palin said she suspects the president favors such a system because he "has not yet stated any opposition" to that essay, but she offers no documentation that such a plan is actually included in the legislation being crafted in the House or Senate. Dr. Emanuel - an oncologist who studies end-of-life issues - told The Washington Times Thursday that he used to favor health care rationing, but no longer does.

Palin goes on to accuse the president of supporting a single-payer system, something he said as a state senator in 2003, but never mentioned during his presidential campaign or time in the White House.

The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee concludes her Facebook post by attacking the cost of health care reform, which she said will only deepen the country's debt and force the president to raise taxes. "Health care is without a doubt a complex and contentious issue, but health care reform should be a market oriented solution," she writes.

The Democratic National Committee responded to Palin's most recent treatise with a point-by-point rebuttal of what they called her "absurd" claims that the government wants to create "death panels" and ration care for the elderly.

"It's always hard to walk away from the table when you're losing," said DNC spokeswoman Brandi Hoffine. "So, instead, Sarah Palin is tripling down on what independent organizations have ruled is without question a losing hand."


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soundoff (258 Responses)
  1. W. Art

    She just can't seem to shut up. She couldn't even do the job she was elected to do, nor fulfill the term; but yet she has all this "knowledge" and input.

    No matter what Pres. Obama does, they are going to attack it from all sides. The bottom line, he is the 1st black President and they are doing their best to bring him down.

    Where were all the "mouthflappers" with so much to say when Bush was in there for 8 years, to the point he was trying to set up a dictatorship, along w/Cheney.

    August 14, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. hank

    Palin, along with Glenn Beck and the others on the far right have proved how low they will go to score political points. As the poster said above, neither side is above reproach on using fuzzy math to prove a point, but this talk of rationing care and having death camps is so absurd. How any sane person can believe this is beyond me.

    August 14, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. ashlee

    It's already been noted, elderly on their death beds receive unnecessary surgeries.
    Of course, we have to eliminate the waste.
    After all this fuss from the big mouth Palin, turns out she signed a bill in Alaska for end of life talks with your doctors, for the elderly.
    What a hypricrate!

    August 14, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. marlene

    Health care rationing is already being practiced by insurance companies every day. Death panel decisions are already being practiced by insurance companies every day. I agree with lots of other readers when I ask the question – why does CNN continue to carry stories about Sarah Palin. I read lots of other blogs that are more interesting.

    August 14, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. tim

    Why isn't anyone concerned that the White House and the Democrats are in bed with the Pharmaceutical industry? That is a much bigger red flag than imaginary death panels and paranoia over socialism or fascism! I guess it shows Americans have resigned themselves to corruption and bribery in our political process.

    August 14, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. Stan

    That's what Sarah Palin needs to do, come out with substance. That's how she'll shut up all the biased political commentators.

    Go Sarah

    August 14, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. Lynne (Seattle, WA)

    This is one of the many reasons that this ridiculous woman's favorability numbers are sinking like a stone. Most of what she says is patently absurd, easy to disprove and absolutely meant to incite and inflame – there is nothing reasonable or rational to be found here; and at a time when reasonable and rational are most needed. Shame on her.

    August 14, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. Old Looker

    She's just hanging around to stir up the fellas.

    But what a babe she is. I'd listen to her say nonsense anytime just to see her latest hair color. Ooo La La, she makes me wish I was 70 again.

    August 14, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. George

    Will the media let Sarah fade into the sunset. She is a pathetic shadow of a politician. She has not a clue what she says, or means. She lies about health care, and the lies she spreads are believed by the ignorant that are too lazy to read, or that want America to fail.
    She threw Alaska aside and she will also throw away the American that truly believes that we need good health care reform. She incites the ignorant just like she did in the presidential campaign.
    I hope the democrats just plain forget the republicans, and put in a good reform that does have a public option. Democrats, don't let
    republicans that will vote against the bill anyway, water down a good bill to a useless puddle of muck. Do your bill, stand your ground, and forget the republicans. America is counting on you. DO IT!!!!!!!

    August 14, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. Sharon

    I forgot to add – Since your Health Care Directive covers certain period of years. health are advancements change. If you become ill with life threatening disease, you will always get aadditional counseling by your physician and/or their representatives rearding options, resources, referrals, etc that are the then current. This is a wonderful, much needed, supportive patient service.

    My husband got cancer and died. So I do know and fully realize and understand this service. I see it as an RN, and also from our own personal experience. We really appreciated all the counseling and emotional support we received.

    These services do not tell us what we can have medically as far as treatment. That is not their job. Only a physician can tell you when treatment is no longer medically helpful. This will not change.

    August 14, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. karen

    Ms. Palin needs to come out from behind her Facebook cover and allow herself to be questioned. She is playing a dangerous game. You people who are calling the administration Fascist, be careful. You are the victims of propaganda which is what turned people against the Jews in Germany under Hitler. THINK an QUESTION do not be so easily lead.

    August 14, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. El Cajon

    Sarah Palin is amazingly self- contradictory. As has been reported widely, as Governor, she declared April 16th, 2008 as Healthcare Decision Day for Alaska. The sole purpose of that day was to increase people's awareness of the need for advanced directives so they could have their wishes fulfilled towards the end of their lives. This is the exact same thing that she now condemns, but at the time she spun it as allowing people to take control of their lives when it matters most.

    Another person who did the same is Newt Gingrich- as little as 6 weeks ago, he strongly advocated almost exactly what went into the bill, saying that all Medicare patients should be encouraged to do that. Based on that kind of feedback, Dems put the language into the bill and then the very same people turned coat and attacked it.

    Are people with this kind of malleable opinion and political cynicism what we want in the Presidency? I think we have already experienced that.

    August 14, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. Andrew

    She's got a right to an opinion. What's disturbing is her opinion warrants coverage? What's even MORE terrifying is that some people take her fanatical views seriously. (even congress) What is this world coming to?

    August 14, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. chris c

    Dear Sarah,
    Health Care Rationing already exist, the insurance companies are doing it. I see it every day, I work Oncology ,the insurance co.s will do anything to deny Pt. treatment: Chemo and other life saving TX. Insurance co.s quite often take ur age in consideration when deciding on expensive treatments. They decide, not the Doctor. I would call this Socilaized Medicine.Why is it that about every person against Obam's Health care plan has Health Insurance. A bunch selfish, all about me, afraid of change idoits!
    CC
    Fort Lauderdale

    August 14, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. Grandparents of a child with Down Syndrome

    Ms. Palin does not have all the facts. Their is no death panel and no one is denying anything to her son unless the State of Alaska does not have provisions for children with disabilities.

    Ms. Palin has the right to have Medicaid for her son if she wishes. She just needs to sign him up. If not she will do what all other families with children with Down Syndrome do. If they have health care then the provider will do some of the coverage. Notice I said some because not all services are covered under every policy. If they do not have coverage they must put their child on medicaid.

    Ms. Palin needs to speak with families who have children with Down Syndrome. There are numerous groups who can advise her of the rights and privileges that may be afforded to them. I would write her myself but I cannot find an email address for here.

    August 14, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  16. Hank

    We already have health care rationing in this country. That is what the program is all about. If you don't have health insurance, you can't get treatment. Can Palin not see that millions of people are denied health care under our present system. Is this too complicated for her to grasp.

    August 14, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. Thomas in Los Angeles

    Citizen Sarah Palin represents and fights for Free Market American Individualism. This bill is the exact opposite of that. This bill has nothing to do with health care.

    August 14, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. Michael Eastep

    Why does anyone care what Sarah Palin thinks on healthcare? She could have commented as Governor of Alaska, but she quit that job. I assume she thinks she is qualified to assess this legislation because she can see a hospital from her house. Much like her foreign policy experience was related to her proximity to Russia.

    By the way, I am against this bill as well, but she is making opponents of the bill look bad. Enough of her already.

    August 14, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. Billie Robinson

    Palin is such a fraud. Go back to Alaska and fulfill your obligations prior to trying to be something that you are not. She is truly a joke and anyone that cant see that is just blind. Try and go back to school and graduate from a real college and perhaps you will be able to at least stand on the same stage as the true leaders of this country. A joke!

    August 14, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. NadineCA

    What do Swastikas and degrating the Presidents image have to do with healthcare. Nothing. This is just racist. Palin has never had a person of color work for her, nor do you ever see her going to events for Mexicans, Indians, Asians, or African Americans. She a sepertist and this is her hate forum. She quit being a Governor because she can't lie like this if she's a elected official. People would call her on it. Now she can go rouge and tell all the lies she wants and get free media while she does it. This is proproganda for the Right Wing Movement.

    August 14, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. AF Retiree

    I suggest writers and Ms. Palin read the commentary by Dr. Douglas Blayney and Brenda Nevidjon on CNN today.

    The provision she wanted removed would have given physicians the right to ask patients about the care they wished to have should they be unable to speak for themselves. It is in no way a death provision.

    Please let's keep the information correct. We should not be relying on others to tell us what to believe or what is in a bill that has not passed.

    Sen. Olympia Snowe is a good person to contact. She seems to have the right ideas.

    August 14, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. Louisiana

    She is a joke.....ok we got that ....but the real scary thing is that there are millions of brain dead people buying into it.

    August 14, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. doug

    She is completely correct. I would believe she is in "the know" more than any of you are. I hope she continues this full court press on getting rid of gov. run healthcare. The gov. cannot run anything, i.e. Amtrack, GM, Chrysler and AIG. The reason gov, cannot run anything is because gov. is not supposed to, or setup to run anything. If you want the gov. to run your healthcare, why don't you go to England or to Canada and leave the rest of us who like America the way it is....FREE!
    As I have said before, the reason so many of you dislike Palin, is because you are afraid of her and her desire to keep America the LAND OF THE FREE!

    August 14, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. Jim

    HMO's ration health care every minute of very day.

    August 14, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. humanist2009

    Palin is right...

    No one would call it euthanasia but this bill would result in death by neglect and denial of coverage. Health care is a limited resource with unlimited demand. Rationing will have to come from somewhere so why not the old and infirm?...

    August 14, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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